It’s OK if you’ve got lower grades and MCAT scores.


You can still put together a med school application that makes them say, “”Wow. This makes absolutely perfect sense. I don?t even have a question about this. It?s totally clear to me that this person should be in medical? school.”

Because getting into medical school is not all about grades and test scores.

But you already knew that?didn’t you.

You know that because if you were on the med school admissions committee, and you were responsible for picking out the doctors of tomorrow?there’s no way you would look mainly at grades and test scores.

You intuitively know?what matters most in med school admissions is the story that the grades and test scores cannot tell.

What matters most in med school admissions is the story that gets told in the AMCAS personal statement and in the rest of the med school essays.

How else can you explain why?every single year?many applicants with high grades and MCAT scores are not accepted, and many applicants with lower grades and MCAT scores are accepted?

This is happening because the written materials actually matter the most.

Here, let me give you some free help with this.

Would you like to know the one specific principle that can take an average, dull med school application, and make it so outstanding, so riveting, that it inspires people not just to want to accept you?but it also inspires people to want to give you money to help pay for your med school?

There is just one main principle, and if you know it, it can completely revolutionize the content of your med school application.

Here’s my very best med school application advice.

Starting with your AMCAS personal statement, construct a flawlessly well-reasoned argument in your own behalf.

(I use the word ?argument,? but of course I would never want you to sound argumentative.?I want you to sound warm, and personal, and human?no question about that.)

In your med school application, think of yourself as a lawyer arguing the most important case of your career.

To do this effectively?you’ll need to know the three component parts of argument that lawyers use when arguing cases in court.

The three components start with the letters E, A, and C.

Neglect just one of these three components, and your med school application will feel weak and unconvincing?no matter how many times you rewrite it.

And if you hire a big box essay writing company to help you with your personal statement?and they don’t understand E, A, and C?your personal statement will still feel week and unconvincing, even after you’ve paid them $10,000.

Weave the E, A, and C components together effectively, though?and you’ll have the med school admissions committee saying, “Wow. This makes absolutely perfect sense. I don?t even have a question about this. It?s totally clear to me that this person should be in med school.?

If the med school application you have now is not getting this reaction, you’ve missed the boat and you need help.

If you didn’t learn about argument at this level in undergrad?that’s OK. Most people don’t.

I can give you help with this.

Are you wondering what you should be writing about in that one-page, single spaced AMCAS personal statement?

Do you feel unsure of what to emphasize, and what to downplay?

Do you have difficulty explaining why you want to be a doctor?

Did you try to write about your life in chronological order?and it sounded so awful you ripped the paper up? (It’s OK. Chronological order is never a good structure. It was best to start over.)

Have you written multiple drafts, only to find yourself repeatedly falling back on over-used cliches such as, “I want to help people”?

Are you worried that you’re either cramming too much in, or leaving important things out?

Do you find yourself obsessing about this one (very destructive) question: “What do they want to hear?

Have you been struggling with how to structure your personal statement?

It’s no wonder.

The old “introduction–body–conclusion” essay structure is an informative essay structure that doesn’t work for persuasion.

It doesn’t work for writing a convincing, compelling med school personal statement. You need a far more effective structure than that.

Hi, I’m Jeannie Burlowski.

I’m a nationally recognized expert in admissions consulting, with over 25 years of experience getting students into medical school despite all kinds of application weaknesses and liabilities.

See what my clients are saying about me.

Read on for my views on making your med school application as persuasive and powerful as it can possibly be.

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When you and I create an application essay together, what we’re really doing is building a mansion.

HERE If you compare the process of creating a compelling, convincing med school application to building a mansion, I’m the seasoned, experienced architect who helps you to design before you build.

Then, once we’ve created a design for you, I stay with you until everything is complete, until all the rich and beautiful interior finishes and furnishings are perfectly in place.

You need an architect. Don’t settle for a building inspector.

What separates me from the “big box” admissions consulting companies you find online, is that I don’t require you to sweat and work to produce a personal statement on your own before I’ll work with you. (I also don’t restrict my clientele to students with rockstar GPAs and MCAT scores in order to keep my “acceptance rates” up, but that’s a story for another day.)

Seriously, you should turn and run from anybody who tells you, “OK, you write an application essay on your own, and then we’ll have an expert on our staff criticize it for you and tell you how to improve it.”

I call that the “building inspector” model for admissions consulting. Med school applicants need and deserve a far higher level of service than that.

After all, isn’t it true that if you’ve just built a tiny garden shed for yourself, no amount of criticism and suggestion is going to turn that garden shed into a mansion?

The way to get a mansion is to design it from the ground up. I help you do exactly that. And if you have a lower GPA or MCAT score, don’t worry. I can help you design a mansion regardless of the building materials you have to work with.

Be sure to read the testimonials from some of my past clients on this site. They’re inspiring, and they’re encouraging.

“What are Jeannie Burlowski’s most popular services?”

I provide kind, supportive help with all aspects of the process of applying to med school, but you don’t have to buy a big package of services in order to get help from me. Just get my help with what you actually need, and that’s it.

The #1 thing students most often ask me to help with:

Writing powerful, persuasive personal essays

The #2 and #3 things students most often ask me to help with:

Crafting the activities list, and getting the strongest possible letters of recommendation,

To see a list of additional things med school applicants ask me about, click here.

If you’d like personal help from me with any of these things, click GET HELP NOW.

Whatever kind of support you need, from a little advice to complete supervision, I’m here to help.

Your parents can even get you my help as a birthday present!

Other types of help available from Jeannie Burlowski:

I also help with applications to law, business, grad, veterinary, dental, P.A., physical therapy, occupational therapy, and optometry programs, as well as applications to Canadian, osteopathic, and TMDSAS medical schools. You can see a list of additional things students ask me to help with here.

If you’re looking for my inspiring conference or pre-med group speaking, you can learn about that here. (Pre-med groups in Minnesota can get me to speak for free by emailing me at or calling 651-230-4240 in the mornings.)

I also wrote a very popular book.

Guess where I got the very best ideas for this book? I did a ton of research for it of course?but many of my most ingenious debt-free college ideas came from 25 years of meeting with brilliant medical school applicants who shared their debt-free college strategies with me.

You can see over 90 reviews of this book on Amazon at

Ask for my ideas on how the med school essays I help you create?can be repurposed and used to get you med school scholarships.

Even if you have lower grades and test scores.

If you’d like a little more info about me, read on.

Jeannie Burlowski

I’m a full time private academic strategist, consultant, and speaker. I have an extraordinary record of getting students into highly competitive law, medical, business, and grad school programs even when college and university advisors said that they “didn’t have a chance.” My work has been featured in publications such as The Huffington Post, USA Today, NerdWallet, and US News and World Report.

You can learn more about my story at You can follow me on Twitter @JBurlowski.


“With my background and my dismal GPA, I thought I could never get in. Jeannie helped me come up with a stunning essay, though, and one fall evening I got a phone call at home from the dean of admissions at my first choice med school. He was calling to offer me the very first seat in the next year’s incoming class. An incredible honor. I was beside myself with excitement, and my wife sent Jeannie a cookie bouquet!”

–D.M., medical student, MI